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Japan claims China's behaviour over disputed islands jeopardising 'peacetime'

Japanesedefence minister says "intrusions by China in the territorial waters around the Senkaku islands fall in the 'grey zone' between peacetime and an emergency situation."<p>Beijing's behaviour in its row with Tokyo over disputed islands is jeopardising peace, Japan's defence minister said on …

NSA denies Barack Obama was informed of Angela Merkel phone tapping

Keith Alexander did not inform Barack Obama that Angela Merkel's phone was tapped, NSA says<p>The National Security Agency has denied reports that <b>President Barack Obama</b> was personally informed of US phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phones.<p>NSA chief General Keith Alexander "did …

British fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite wrote 'love poem' for Osama bin Laden

The British woman allegedly linked to the Kenyan shopping centre attack penned an ode to Osama bin Laden, declaring: "My love for you is like no other," it has emerged.<p>The 34-line poem was found on a laptop belonging to Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to 7 July 2005 suicide bomber Germaine …

Associated Press News

Saudi Arabia rejects Security Council seat, lashes U.N. as failure

A day after the<p>United Nationselected Saudi Arabia to a prestigious seat on the Security Council, the Saudi leadership refused to accept the position and lashed out at the world body for "double standards" and failure to protect peace.<p>It was a stunning and unprecedented rebuke of the U.N. Security …

NSA chief Keith Alexander to step down

Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, is stepping down after a tumultous years for the spy agency<p>The director of the US National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months in a development that could give President <b>Barack Obama</b> a chance to reshape the eavesdropping …

Raging wildfires in Australia leave Sydney shrouded in smoke

Hundreds of homes are thought to have been destroyed in the fires, with high temperatures and windy conditions helping the blazes spread.<p>Authorities in <b>Australia</b> say they fear hundreds of properties may have been destroyed as wildfires raged across New South Wales, with smoke and ashes leaving …

Amnesty International urges Egypt to end policy of detaining, deporting Syrian refugees

An international human rights group urged Egypt on Thursday to end its policy of unlawfully detaining Syrian refugees, including children, and forcibly returning them to their homeland where civil war is raging.<p>Amnesty International said that hundreds who have fled the bloodshed in Syria for …

Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law

<b>By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News</b><p>After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew its borrowing authority, the standoff is finally over.<p>President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to re-open the …

Dutch diplomat attacked in Moscow amid row

A senior Dutch diplomat was attacked by unknown assailants in Moscow, Russian news agencies have reported, a week after President Vladimir Putin demanded an apology for a Russian diplomat’s alleged beating in the Netherlands.<p>Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans confirmed the attack, that …

Associated Press News

Many killed in Syria minibus blast

Twenty-one people, including four children and six women, were killed when a minibus exploded in the southern town of Noa, a monitoring group said.<p>The truck was passing through rebel-held territory in Syria's Deraa province but there are also government troops in the nearby base of Tel al-Jumaa, …

North Korea keeping over 500 South Koreans prisoner - including plane crew hijacked 35 years ago

A South Korean politician has said that the return of 516 citizens being held by North Korea for up to 60 years is 'the top priority' of the government in Seoul.<p><b>North Korea</b>is still holding 516 South Koreans abducted since the end of the Korean War in 1953, including 11 from a Korean Air Lines …

North Korea

Rangoon hotel bombed amid wave of blasts in Burma

A homemade timebomb went off in a prestigious Rangoon hotel on Monday, ripping apart a room and injuring an American guest, Burmese authorities have said. It was part of a wave of unexplained blasts in recent days.<p>The police officer Myint Htwe said three suspects had been detained in relation to …

Governor of Afghanistan's Logar province killed by microphone bomb inside mosque

Arsallah Jamal, the governor of Logar province who survived many previous assassination attempts, has been killed while giving a speech to mark Eid al-Adha<p>A bomb planted inside a mosque has killed the governor of <b>Afghanistan</b>'s eastern Logar province as he was delivering a speech to mark the Muslim …

Afghanistan

Senate leaders close in on deal to end budget standoff

WASHINGTON— Two weeks into a budget impasse that has left Americans dismayed by Washington brinkmanship, an outline of a deal emerged Monday asSenateleaders worked to prevent a potentially catastrophic debtdefaultand end the damage inflicted by the lingeringgovernment shutdown.<p>Details remained in …

Associated Press News

Perry to appear in anti-D.C. ads

An advocacy group tied to Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to launch a six-figure national ad campaign criticizing dysfunction in Washington and declaring that “conservative governors” are leading the way with policy solutions, POLITICO has learned.<p>Americans for Economic Freedom, a conservative …